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The Adam Morgan Show is a weekly podcast featuring Adam Morgan, a software engineer, with commentary on current events, politics, and its influence on tech.
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Feb 22, 2017

Today I discuss the rise of Milo - from a nobody in American culture to Breaking News over just a few years. I also break down the latest sexual harassment claims against Uber.

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Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber: https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/2/19/reflecting-on-one-very-strange-year-at-uber

NYT Uber investigation: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/business/uber-sexual-harassment-investigation.html

Mic Uber investigation: https://mic.com/articles/169194/uber-sexism-discrimination-harassment-susan-fowler#.U3xNhLa6F

Feb 15, 2017

Today I discuss Facebook’s new guidelines for advertisements on its site which doesn’t allow companies to discriminate. But at what point does marketing become discrimination? I also discuss the latest defense of political diversity in the industry as Shopify has chosen to allow Breitbart to use its services in spite of tremendous backlash.

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Facebook Ad Guidelines: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/02/improving-enforcement-and-promoting-diversity-updates-to-ads-policies-and-tools/

Shopify on TechCrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/09/shopify-ceo-attempts-to-defend-continued-hosting-of-breitbarts-online-store/

Shopify CEO defending Breitbart as a customer: https://medium.com/@tobi/in-support-of-free-speech-275d62670203#.vgvf5j1nr

Mike Monteiro tweet: https://twitter.com/monteiro/status/831595502365925377

Latest YouTube video - “The Reality of Racism in Tech”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peUOAG1uw_U

Feb 8, 2017

Today I talk about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick caving to the political left and how tech’s recent focus on immigration contradict’s some of their own false beliefs about white privilege within the tech industry.

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Buzzfeed & tech companies brief: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hamzashaban/97-tech-companies-trumps-immigration-order-is-unlawful?utm_term=.fmxo5yRnX#.wkedO74Qn

Uber CEO statements: https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/02/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick-quits-donald-trumps-business-advisory-council/

Scott Adams: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/156540315831/be-careful-what-you-wish-for-especially-if-it-is

NYT - Why Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Work Without Immigrants: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/technology/personaltech/why-silicon-valley-wouldnt-work-without-immigrants.html

Feb 1, 2017

Today I discuss the recent uptick in people deleting their accounts with two apps: Uber and Dribbble.

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Vox #DeleteUber: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/29/14431246/uber-trump-muslim-ban

Tweet about the “great again” list on Dribbble: https://twitter.com/skullface/status/825202173831155714

Archive of “great again” list on Dribbble: http://web.archive.org/web/20170131211712/https://dribbble.com/skullface/lists

Archive of “great again” members: http://web.archive.org/web/20170131211842/https://dribbble.com/skullface/lists/26746-great-again/members?page=2&per_page=6

Dribble’s statement: https://dribbble.com/stories/2017/02/01/a-note-regarding-community

Jan 25, 2017

Today I discuss last week’s women’s march and some of the healthcare arguments made related to gender. I also discuss the left being increasingly open to violence to people and opinions they do not like.

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Nuance and violence: https://twitter.com/atommorgan

Man punching Rebel reporter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1eb9vQ1vAk

Jan 19, 2017

Today I give a quick recap of last week’s episode while highlighting and underserved area within tech. Given how well Marlene’s episode has been received, I see these stories as a new option for guests on the show

Jan 11, 2017

Today I chat with Marlene Jaeckel, a senior software developer, who was recently banned from Rails Girls and Rails Bridge. She gives her thoughts on why she was banned from both groups and her experiences as a woman who’s been in the tech industry for 20 years.

Jan 4, 2017

Happy 2017! Today I give a brief recap of an exchange I had last year after the Nodevember controversy with Kyle Simpson and his inconsistency with empathy in his latest course for Frontend Masters. I also discuss how those who are trying to silence Milo Yiannopoulos the most are the ones elevating him to higher levels. To close, I look into the future of science and political correctness.

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Twitter Moments with Milo warning: https://twitter.com/LaloDagach/status/816396453694283776

Scientific American and Popular Science: https://twitter.com/wokieleaks1/status/815945638777155584

Dec 28, 2016

I’m back to a solo podcast for my last episode of 2016. Since I’ve been busy with guests for the past two weeks, I close out with some of the ridiculous happenings in the tech industry that occurred in the meantime.

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neveragain.tech: http://neveragain.tech/

womenwhodraw: http://www.womenwhodraw.com/

Complaint about ReactJS: https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/806782001009213440

ReactJS Response: https://twitter.com/reactjs/status/806646405909483520

Dec 22, 2016

In this episode I chat with Ryan X. Charles - Reddit’s former cryptocurrency engineer and now CEO and co-founder of Yours.org about the future of getting paid for creating and discovering content with micropayments through Bitcoin.

Dec 14, 2016

Today I talk with a self taught programmer and former co-worker Will Ricketts. Will recently moved to Washington after a few years in Atlanta and was kind enough to join me on the show while he’s back in Atlanta to get his car to finalize his move out of the southeast.

Dec 7, 2016

The BBC recently covered esports: both the sexism within it and the gender pay gap. Today I discuss why the both of these are bullshit.

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BBC Sexism and esports: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37992322?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Julia Kiran’s tweet: https://twitter.com/juliakiran/status/800779147840655361

CLG Red’s Potter on women in esports: https://clips.twitch.tv/omgitspotter/ExuberantStorkPanicBasket

Reaction time of sprinters at 2008 Olympics: http://www.asbweb.org/conferences/2009/869.pdf

Dec 1, 2016

The future of tech is transparency. Reddit is finding this out the hard way in the process of digging its own grave.

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Reddit CEO /r/the_donald admission: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/23/reddit-huffman-trump/

Reddit CEO namefag: https://web.archive.org/web/20091003170838/http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/9ikfb/reddit_has_some_shiny_new_interface_changes_but/c0cwwru

Nov 24, 2016

Snapchat has released their first hardware product Spectacles. Some aren’t even aware of it. Many who are think it’s a gimmick. I share why I’m a fan.

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Drone Fireworks: https://twitter.com/TechCrunch/status/799058234573107200

Snapchat Spectacles: https://www.spectacles.com/

Nov 16, 2016

Who does the left blame for Trump’s being elected president? First it was third party voters. Then it was white women. Now it’s Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Article after article has been published over the past week blaming this election on fake news being shared widely on Facebook. Today I talk about why Facebook has no obligation to fact check news sources and why that would do more harm than good.

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Google’s AI Pictionary: https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/

NYT Zuckerberg is in Denial: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/opinion/mark-zuckerberg-is-in-denial.html

Rigged by TechCrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/09/rigged/

Will Trump’s Victory Be Silicon Valley’s Wake-Up Call?: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/11/trumps-the-president-and-youre-a-publisher/507278/

Nov 9, 2016

Against all odds, Donald Trump won the election. I recap with some analysis on post-election reactions and why Donald Trump as President may lead to some good outcomes even if you hate the guy and his political views.

Nov 2, 2016

It’s been a crazy week centered around women. First, TIME said Hillary Clinton’s “Emailgate” is an attack on women despite the overwhelming evidence against her actions as Secretary of State. Then, there’s the upcoming Distributed Denial of Women day on December 2 - a “DDOS”-like attack on the tech industry.

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TIME Hillary Clinton’s Emailgate Is an Attack on Women: http://time.com/4551711/hillary-clinton-emailgate/

CIA Officer’s Summary on Emailgate: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/303499-hillarys-emails-matter-a-retired-cia-officer

Distributed Denial of Women: http://distributed-denial-of-women.org/

Oct 26, 2016

A new season of Black Mirror is out and today I talk about the first episode and what I’ve noticed about people who tend to be the most critical of technology in a Black Mirror-esque fashion. I also share a new activity I’ve been doing after reading James Altucher’s book “Choose Yourself” where I try to write down 10 original ideas every day.

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My 10 ideas:

1) Vibrating earbuds as an alarm clock

2) Sound pollution apartment buying guide - reference distances and Google traffic

3) AR historical filters - landmark overlays photo from 1800s

4) Aliens would think dogs speak English or human languages

5) Pollution and global warming will be solved in 50 years

6) Tech is natural. If it isn’t, cave paintings aren’t natural

7) Surgical drones

8) Automated nanobots that order ingredients for you

9) Weather app that recommends outfits

10) Wikipedia for college courses

Oct 19, 2016

Peter Thiel managed to trigger the tech industry without uttering a single word. He merely donated $1.25 million to Donald Trump. Today I discuss how the industry reacted to this news and I give a serious libertarian case in favor of Donald Trump for this year’s election.

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Ellen Pao and Thiel: https://medium.com/projectinclude/peter-thiel-yc-and-hard-decisions-2b91bab83764

Mic article on Thiel:  https://mic.com/articles/156922/peter-thiel-facebook-donald-trump-donation-diversity-inclusion#.bVEFplYT4

Gay sex vs. gay: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2016/10/14/peter-thiel-shows-us-theres-difference-between-gay-sex-and-gay

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on “dark secrets”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PCnZqrJE24&feature=player_embedded

Zuckerberg wanting to work with Hillary: http://heatst.com/politics/wikileaks-facebook-zuckerberg/

Eric Schmidt and Hillary: http://qz.com/520652/groundwork-eric-schmidt-startup-working-for-hillary-clinton-campaign/

Oct 12, 2016

Today I discuss two stories - one I believe was blown out of proportion and the other which was barely talked about. I end by giving my choice on who I want to win this election.

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Yahoo discrimination against men: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sacked-male-executive-suing-yahoo-ceo-marissa-mayer-discrimination-1585644

The Right to Discriminate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELEvlLgCslg

Oct 5, 2016

Move over thoughtcrime. Followcrime is here. Earlier this week Motherboard tweeted, “Guess how many women Elon Musk follows on Twitter? Hint: same number of people currently on Mars”. Yes, people are actually complaining about who Elon follows on Twitter. If you’re a CEO in tech watch your back because you’re no longer responsible for what you say or think. Now it’s who you publicly follow. The Daily Show recently did a skit mocking the freedom in North Carolina for private businesses to discriminate against customers. I argue in favor of this right.

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Motherboard’s tweet: https://twitter.com/motherboard/status/783323293461995520

Guardian Musk: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/04/twitter-women-gender-elon-musk-tim-cook

Huffington Post Discrimination: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/daily-show-no-gays-food-truck_us_57f3b380e4b0703f7590ee42

Sep 29, 2016

The Department of Labor is filing a lawsuit against tech company Palantir for discriminating against Asians. Asians are rarely, if ever, considered a minority. With Peter Thiel leading the company, could there be a political motive behind this lawsuit? It doesn’t seem that unreasonable considering the week Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky has had after The Daily Beast discovered he had donated to a conservative non-profit developing memes to attack Hillary Clinton. Is there any room at all for conservatives or Trump supporters in tech?

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SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qo78R_yYFA

Princeton and SAT scores: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-adv-asian-race-tutoring-20150222-story.html

DOL lawsuit against Palantir: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/technology/us-accuses-tech-firm-of-bias-against-asian-software-engineers.html

Palmer Luckey: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/09/26/facebook-millionaire-luckey-aligns-himself-alt-right-but-only-if-you-squint/91132042/

Dustin Moskovitz “Compelled to Act”: https://medium.com/@moskov/compelled-to-act-1413930041ee

Sep 21, 2016

Diversity advocates often say their fight for diversity is backed by science. The saying goes, diversity leads to an overall performance boost. So why isn’t there a push for diversity of political affiliation? And why does science only apply when it doesn’t conflict with their worldview?

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Ben Shapiro Tweet: https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/776548646628106240

Facebook and Israel: https://theintercept.com/2016/09/12/facebook-is-collaborating-with-the-israeli-government-to-determine-what-should-be-censored/

Twitter suspends SAFE Movement: https://twitter.com/LaloDagach/status/778333686248968192

Academia’s Rejection of Diversity: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/opinion/academias-rejection-of-diversity.html

Ladies is Gender Neutral: http://blog.alicegoldfuss.com/ladies-is-gender-neutral/

Sep 14, 2016

This past weekend I finally got to experience virtual reality with the HTC Vive. I’ve been looking forward to VR since I was a little kid and even with my high expectations it did not disappoint at all.

Sep 7, 2016

Last week a Node.js programming conference Nodevember announced they would be removing Douglas Crockford, a prominent programmer within the JavaScript community, as a keynote speaker. This was driven by a small yet vocal minority of SJWs using their favorite tactic - crybullying. Their accusations, which I looked into, seemed to be complete misrepresentations of his statements if not outright lies. If you’ve listened to previous episodes of this podcast, it’s LambdaConf Round 2 but this was a win for the safe-spacers.

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My blog post “In Defense of Douglas Crockford”: http://atom-morgan.github.io/in-defense-of-douglas-crockford

Nodevember’s statement: http://nodevember.org/statement.html

“Why I won’t be speaking at conferences with Douglas Crockford anymore.”: https://medium.com/@nodebotanist/why-i-won-t-be-speaking-at-conferences-with-douglas-crockford-anymore-61bc29f028c8#.h70hvmpzb

Kass’ talk at Nodevember: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBRGMcdAKzs

“Stepping down as Nodevember organizer”: http://www.kevinold.com/2016/09/05/stepping-down-as-nodevember-organizer.html

The Stupidity of Diversity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8O885Zx8CE

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